Man who shot girlfriend's children sentenced to prison

Jose Mercado gets 50-year prison sentence

SAN ANTONIO – A 41-year-old man charged in a shooting that left two children injured was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison.

The Bexar County District Attorney's Office said in August 2014, Jose Ramos Mercado opened fire on a vehicle driven by his girlfriend with two of her children inside it.

A 6-year-old boy suffered six gunshot wounds that resulted in injuries to his right arm, face, spine, torso and legs.

An 11-year-old girl suffered two grazing gunshot wounds to her head. The girlfriend was not injured.

After the shooting, Mercado took his girlfriend's vehicle and remained on the run before being caught by San Antonio police on Sept. 2, the district attorney's office said.

"By the grace of God, these two innocent children survived this horrific shooting," District Attorney Nico LaHood said. "A 50-year sentence is just punishment for Mr. Mercado, who carelessly shot into a vehicle knowing there were children inside of it."

The shooting, which happened in the 200 block of Anton Drive, was captured on surveillance video.

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